South Korea v Mexico Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 19, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Rostov Arena – World Cup Group F

Mexico could edge closer to the World Cup knockout rounds if they beat South Korea at the Rostov Arena on Saturday afternoon. El Tri got their campaign off to a dream start with a victory over holders Germany but their opponents face an uphill battle to qualify after losing to Sweden in their opening fixture.

Past Meetings

Mexico and South Korea have been involved in ten fixtures before, with Mexico winning five and South Korea four. The two nations met at the World Cup finals in 1998, with El Tri picking up a 3-1 victory. They last went head-to-head in a January 2014 friendly match where Mexico won 4-0.

Team News

South Korea could be without defender Park Joo-Ho for the rest of the tournament after he damaged his hamstring stretching for the ball against Sweden. Mexico are likely to be unchanged after their impressive win over Germany.

South Korea v Mexico Preview and Predictions

Few people would have predicted that Mexico – perennial World Cup finals underachievers – would beat the mighty Germany in their opening game. But Juan Carlos Osorio’s men were brilliant, with Joachim Low’s side having no answer for their scintillating, quick counter-attacks. It’s no surprise that the Mexicans are odds-on favourites at 11/20 to make it six points from six, but it will be a different game on Saturday and they may not have the same amount of space to attack.

South Korea were dismal against Sweden and, with the Germans still to play, it’s difficult to see a route to the knockout stages for them. Shin Tae-Yong’s charges have just one win in seven now and created very little in their opener. The draw is at 16/5 but the South Koreans really need to beat Mexico and the odds aren’t in their favour at 13/2.

Mexico have kept six clean sheets in their last eight matches and 20/21 for another one against the goal-shy South Korea looks a safe bet. Their defensive solidity sets the foundation for the likes of Hirving Lozano to flourish on the break. The speedy winger, tipped for a move to the Premier League this summer, is at 9/2 to break the deadlock as he did against Germany.

Recommended Bets

Mexico to win to nil at 7/5

South Korea looked devoid of ideas against Sweden, while Mexico and their solid defence will still be on a high.

Hirving Lozano to score anytime at 8/5

The PSV man was sensational in Mexico’s opener and his speed will worry a South Korean defence who struggled to deal with less dynamic Swedish attackers.

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